When Greene King chose a name for its commemorative beer for the Queen it couldn’t have guessed it would also mark the passing of musical royalty.
Yesterday the brewer released ‘Purple Reign’, a limited edition ale to toast Her Majesty’s 90th - just hours before news emerged about the sad death of music legend and ‘Purple Rain’ hit-maker Prince.
The multi-award winning artist died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57 yesterday.
A spokesman for Greene King said: “Earlier this week we launched Purple Reign, a limited edition golden ale, to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“This ale is intended as a tribute to our longest reigning monarch on a milestone occasion, with a respectful nod to he classic song by the artist Prince.
“In light of the tragic news, we hope that these intentions continue to be understood by our guests.”